People who have Imposter syndrome doubt their intellect, despite their achievements and consider themselves as fraud. They feel like, luck and any secret charm is working in their favour. Many high achievers are suffering from Imposter Syndrome in silence but few acknowledge it and take a step to overcome from it.
There are many ways to overcome from imposter syndrome but before knowing a way, you should also know, what is imposter syndrome, its types and how it affects our life?
What is Imposter Syndrome?
People, who have imposter syndrome, always doubt their intelligence and performance level, they thought, they gain their success because of luck not because of their hard work and intelligence. Their colleagues and boss will find out soon, that they are fraud and not good enough.
Types of Imposter Syndrome -
Five types of imposter syndrome:
- Expert – These kinds of people always want to learn more, read more books, and do more certification courses. They do not apply for any job until they completely read and get whole knowledge of the area they are applying.
- Perfectionist – They set high standard for themselves, and do not complete their projects until they do every single thing perfectly, even minor things. If they see any minor mistakes, they beat themselves up for it.
- The Superhuman – They tend to become best in every area of their life, whether it is career, partner, parents and friends, they wanted to give their 100%. For this they push themselves harder and this will lead to burnout.
- Go Solo – Name says it all. These kinds of imposter people, try to do everything on their own. They do not like to take any one’s assistance, because it affects their self worth.
- Natural Genius – They consider themselves to be born genius. They have this kind of thinking that they can learn anything new, with little difficulties. When they fail at task, in first try, they feel guilty and feel like a fraud.
How It Affect Your Life?
Imposter Syndrome affects your professional and personal life badly in many ways:
- They do not take any new promotion, because of lack of confidence and thinking that they don’t have enough knowledge to handle this position, this prevent their growth
- Because of their low self esteem they do not appreciate their success
- Due to the pressure of doing thing in a best way, leads them to mental stress, depression, fear of failure, which create problem in their professional and personal life
How to Overcome Imposter Syndrome –
- Accept your feelings - This is a first step, accept that all of your feelings of self doubt and fraud is not true, helps you to acknowledge your condition.
- Celebrate your success – Understanding that your success is the fruit of your efforts and hard work not because of luck, and celebrating your victory, increases your self confidence and helps you to overcome of imposter syndrome.
- Do not compare yourself with others – Comparing yourself with other successful people in your work, leads you to self doubt. Instead you should look into your own capabilities and try to improve your skills.
- Share Your feelings – Keeping your internal problem secret will trouble you in future. You should seek help of any mentor or friends, who can listen to it carefully and gives you a solution to your problem, that you have never think about it before.
- Build Positive Thought – Thoughts creates your reality. Turn off negative self talk of your brain and feed your brain with positive self talk. For example: whenever you make minor mistakes in your project, say to yourself – I did my best, I’ll improve it next time.
Many Hollywood celebs and CEOs confess publicly that they have imposter feelings, like Tom Hanks, Lady Gaga, Maisie Williams, Face book COO Sheryl Sandburg and others.
Acknowledging that you have imposter syndrome and trying to overcome, helps you to succeed in your career and also it save your family life.